Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination for president in a 75-minute long keynote address during the fourth and final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Trump took a more serious tone in his speech than he has been known for. Many noted that he appeared perhaps the most presidential he has yet been. He detailed the struggles America is facing, including terrorism, racial tension, and other national crises.
FoxNews.com reports that Trump vowed to defend Americans who feel like they no longer have a voice in government:
“Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been ignored, neglected and abandoned. … These are people who work hard but no longer have a voice,” Trump said. “I am your voice.”
Trump added that, if elected, he will seek to restore law and order to America:
“America will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced,” he said, adding that he will tackle the issues of terrorism, violence against police, inner-city crime, and “chaos in our communities.”
Trump faced a great amount of pressure going into his nomination acceptance speech because, although many in the Republican Party have rallied around him, many still remain skeptical. FoxNews.com notes that his speech was the longest nomination acceptance speech since 1972, perhaps underscoring the fact that he wanted to make a full appeal to the American people.
Trump was also helped by recently chosen VP running mate Mike Pence’s speech on Wednesday, as well as daughter Ivanka’s speech, in which she introduced him Thursday evening. Many political commentators believe the well-spoken, entrepreneurial Ivanka may be a key factor in winning younger women over to Trump.
Overall, Trump's speech seemed to have been well-received. Enthusiastic outbursts of "U-S-A" even broke out while he spoke.
Publication date: July 22, 2016